Sep 7 2016

Sponsor We Love: Satellite and Aerial Photo Art by BirdsViewArt

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These custom aerial shots from BirdsviewArt are the perfect way to honor that favorite honeymoon spot, country you’ve always dreamed of traveling to or home-away-from-home. The artist combines science and art on our beautiful planet with his amazing birds eye view and aerial images. You can request any location that is special to you or a loved one and he will capture it for you in a meaningful but still modern way. The photo will be delivered to you with professional backing and ready to hang.

Use GIFTINSIDER10 for 10% off, $49 and up

Available at birdsviewart.com

*This post is in collaboration with a sponsor we love, BirdsViewArt

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Aug 30 2016

How to Host a Boho Themed Picnic Party

It was my turn to host our monthly dinner club last month. Each month the host chooses the theme, so I decided to go with a Boho Picnic theme. I wanted to make it really laid-back with a cozy vibe. I told the girls to wear something casual and comfy and we all sat outside on a low table piled with pillows and blankets under our string lights. Each girl brought an easy picnic food (pasta salad, skewers, roll ups). Below are some photos and things you’ll need if you want to host your own boho picnic.

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1. Low Picnic Table: We found these low portable picnic table’s at Crate and Barrel and put three together to make enough room. We added a runner from West Elm and some lanterns from Target with citronella candles.

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2. Plastic Tableware: We received these Melamine Michael Aram Orchid plates as a wedding present, and have used them everytime we entertain outside.

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3. Rugs + Pillows: To make the it all work you need to make sure it’s comfortable for everyone to sit without chairs. We love the look of piling lots of different textures and patterned rugs and pillows to really give off that boho vibe. We used things we had around the house, a round beach towel, a picnic blanket, etc.

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4. String Lights: Lights are a must for the boho picnic vibe. Check out our Housewarming Party post to see how we did those.

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5. Drinks + Plastic Glassware: This line of plastic glassware we found on our Honeymoon in Capri, Italy but you can order on Amazon! We did lots of Rose and Pelligrino, but Sangria would a fun way to go for this theme too.

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6. Cheese Boards: For our dinner club each girl brings one dish for everyone to share. For mine, I decided to go for my first attempt at an #instaworthy cheese board. The key is to pile the big pieces on first and then fill in with the smaller fruit, nuts and crackers. And of course, a pretty cheese board never hurts.

It was such a lovely night, we can’t wait to do it again next summer.

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Aug 25 2016

2016 Back to College Gift Guide + Sweepstakes

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1. Tracey Tanner Backpack ($495, GiftInsider10 for 10% off)  2. Confetti Post Care Packages ($54) 3. Thimblepress Notepads ($18, thimblelove for 10% off) 4. Kiko Leather Cord Wrap ($27, TGI15 for 15% off) 5. Owen and Fred Pen ($7), 6. Owen and Fred Hey Handmade Dopp Kit ($68), 7. Tracey Tanner Pouch ($99, GiftInsider10 for 10% off), 8. Owen and Fred Duffle ($115) 9. Kiko Leather Macbook Case ($65, TGI15 for 15% off )

TGI DEALS + COUPON CODES

– GIFTINSIDER10 for 10% off Tracey Tanner

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– TGI15 for 15% off Kiko Leather

Be sure to enter our Sweepstakes below to win one of each products for the brands listed above!

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Watch us chat live about these gifts on ABC Detroit below!

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Aug 9 2016

Sponsor We Love: Artwood Suncatchers

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Housewarming gift alert! Artwood, a family business in Ireland, creates these wooden and crystal Suncatchers in an effort to brighten up any home! Each beautiful suncatcher is the perfect piece to hang in your window and refracts sunlight to create rainbows. They are handmade, peaceful, and stunning to look at! We love that you can customize your gift with names, special dates and quotes. Ship free in 4-7 days and start around $30.

Available at artwoodireland.com

*this post is in collaboration with a sponsor we love, Artwood Ireland

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Jul 27 2016

Wedding Series: How to Do The Mix and Match Bridesmaids Look

First let me start by warning all you sweet and thoughtful brides that this is not the easy route! You’re bridesmaids will love you, but for the bride it definitely adds some additional issues to think about. I went this route because I wanted my ‘maids to choose a style they were comfortable in, a price point that worked for them and I loved the idea of having a perfectly mismatched look that showed off each of my very different bridesmaids’ personalities. I absolutely loved how to it turned out, but like I said, not a total cinch. I’ll walk you through some tips on how to achieve the look with as little stress as possible along.

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#1: Tell Them and Show Them Exactly The Look You Are Going For

I made an inspiration board for my girls to show the general look I was hoping to achieve. I also gave them general guidelines, “Dresses should be: Long, tasteful and blush (very light pink), the more different textures the better (beaded, lace, etc). You can borrow, rent or buy off the rack, doesn’t have to be a bridesmaid dress line” I also gave them links to dresses in a range of price points that I thought could work. Everyone and every dress designer has different version of what neutrals like champagne, blush or taupe looks like, so pictures or swatches are key.

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#2: It’s All About the Texture

 If you’ve seen this look done more than a few times these past few wedding seasons, you probably know it can easily go wrong. In my opinion, no matter what the color palate is, the key is to make sure you have dresses with different textures, some beaded, some lace, some chiffon (but definitely not all chiffon). If you are doing different brands and different shades of a similar color, texture is key.

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#3: Get Final Bride Approval & Be Honest

 You are most likely doing this because you are trying to be a considerate bride, so don’t feel bad asking to see the dresses before they purchase them and be honest when they show you. If you don’t like the style, it’s too revealing, too similar to your dress, too similar to some of the others girls’  dresses — just ask them for a few more options. They will totally understand and in the end you’ll be happier than if you kept your mouth shut and hated all those pricey photos.

Few more shots of how ours turned out:

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Final Tip: A Way to Make it More Foolproof

While I loved how mine turned out, it wasn’t a cinch. If you are nervous about it, try choosing different shades or colors from the same bridesmaid dress line, that way you can see how all of the colors look together but your ‘maids can still choose what style looks best on them. Though pricey, our favorite for this look is the Amsale line.

We’d love to see photos and hear tips on how you pulled off a similar look at your wedding. Tell us in the comments below!

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Jul 20 2016

Handmade and Custom Gift Ideas We Love

There is so something special about the feeling you get when you give or get a custom or handmade present. Whether it’s the story behind the maker, how you found it or how it was made completely just for them, it’s our favorite way to gift. We rounded up some TGI faves to get you thinking about great custom or handmade gift ideas. ‘Tis always the season to be gifting!

1.    The Crafted Cup Company: Stout Tankard

We love these pewter tankards made by hand in England. Not only are these mugs completely safe to drink from (thanks to the lead-free pewter used), they will not tarnish. Safe to drink from, cool looking, and long lasting? Um, yes please!

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Via: Crafted Cup Company (10% OFF CODE: GIFTINSIDER10)

2.    All Pop Art: Comic Portrait

These comic portraits are giving us all the feels! Perfect for a wedding gift, housewarming gift or just a plain surprise, these portraits will brighten up any home. Send in any photo to All Pop Art and they will turn it into a cool Lichtenstein-style Pop Art Photo.

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3.    C & T Custom Lures: Fishing Lure

Surprise someone with a custom fishing lure to make sure they’re the coolest one on the water. TGI especially loves this custom lure that acted as a new dad present! These hit the trifecta- sentimental, practical and custom made.

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Via: C&T Custom Lures (10% OFF CODE: GIFTINSIDER10)

4.    Inner Vision Studio: Handmade Placemats

We cannot get enough of these handmade art print placemats painted in soothing colors. They are perfect to make any home or outdoor space truly unique. These are perfect for housewarming, wedding, or birthday gifts.

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Via: Inner Vision Studios (10% OFF CODE: GIFTINSIDER10)

5.    Minted- Birthstone Art Print

The perfect gift for the zodiac lover! These handmade birthstone canvases are classy and personal. Great for birthday, mother’s day or just a simple “treat yo-self” gift.

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6.    Bees Gift Ideas: Butt Key Ring

We absolutely love these hysterical key chains. Brighten up your significant others’ day by attaching one of Bees handmade keychain gifts. And PS- we hope everyday is as nice as your butt.

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Via: Bee’s Gift Ideas (10% OFF CODE: GIFTINSIDER10)

We want to hear from you! What is the best custom or handmade gift you’ve ever given?

*We handpick our favorite gifts and all opinions are honest and our own. Some products we have affiliate relationships with and some we some list monthly on our site.

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Jul 18 2016

Wedding Series: 1 Year Later, A Look Back at Our Wedding Day

It’s been 365 days since Jon and I tied the knot. I can’t believe how fast time has flown by. Throughout the year we’ve shared 17 Ways We Added Personal Touches to Our Wedding, What We Put In Our Welcome Bags, What We Registered For and plenty of other fun details about the wedding planning process. Today we are just sharing a few of our favorite professionally captured photos of the day as we reminisce on some of our happiest moments.

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Photo credit: Laurie Tennent Studios

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Jul 13 2016

Wedding Series: Gifts We Gave The Day of Our Wedding

It’s been almost a year since our wedding. WOW! This past year we’ve shared 17 Ways We Added Personal Touches to Our WeddingWhat We Put in Our Welcome BagsWhat We Gave Our Bridesmaids and How We Chose Our Wedding Invitations. This post is all about the other gifts we gave the day of our wedding — the gifts for my handsome groom, my wonderful in-laws and my I-Can’t-Thank-Them-Enough parents. Browse below for tips and links to #whatthegiftinsidergave.

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The quote I used for my Mom’s hankie was from one of our favorite books growing up (and I’m sure a lot of yours too!), I loved the idea of using that quote on a hankie. I found the custom floral hankie on Etsy, personalized it with our date and names and chose a style that complimented the robes we gave our bridesmaids and the floral liner of our invitation.

Hankie for Dad 

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This hankie I found on Etsy had the perfect, sweet sentiment for my Dad. My Dad tends to be a bit of a happy crier (he’s the sweetest.) So loved the hankie idea for him. All black and white and simple. Something he’ll hold onto forever.

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I wanted to give my future in-laws something little yet sentimental. It’s your wedding after all, so don’t go too big and pricey with the gifts for your parents/in-laws. I bought two nice bottles of vino, some gold polka dot wine bags, matching gift tags and pasted on this heartfelt, personalized note.

Cold Feet Socks, Cuff Links and Pocket Square for my Groom 

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I had one of my bridesmaids deliver my groom a pair of socks with a label that read “In Case You Get Cold Feet” to his door the day of the wedding. Another cute but little Etsy find.

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As my main gift, I gave him a pair of simple black cufflinks with our wedding date engraved on the back.

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I searched online everywhere for the perfect black and white polka dot pocket square that I had seen on Pinterest. I finally found it 2 days before our wedding at a little shop right down the street from our home! It was perfect.

What were some of the small, sweet and sentimental things you gave the special people the day of your wedding? Tell us below!

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Jul 11 2016

Give a Star with Star Register (20% OFF TGI Deal!)

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Want the utmost romantic and easily last-minute gift? Give a star or better yet, twin stars to your sweetie! Gift set includes a personalized & official PDF Certificate, Star Map and limited offer photo book and celestia software. Receive the gift in under 24 hours, perfect for last-minute anniversary gifts. View the Star in the Official Online Star Registry.$34.99 & up

TGI Deal// Coupon Code GIFTINSIDER20 for 20% off

Available at starregister.org

*this post is a collaboration with a sponsor we love, Star Registry

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Jun 10 2016

2016 Dads and Grads Gift Guide

Summer is here which means it’s time for Dads and Grads gifting season. We have rounded up some great gifts for Dads, some cool options for grads and some ideas that are perfect for either.

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1. Artifact Uprising Photo Gifts (TGI Deal!!)

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This hip + modern photo gift company has perfect options for both Dads and Grads. Try their wood calendar, desk blocks or Instagram friendly photo books. Their styles are great for minimalist design-lovers and the site is easy to use and easy to upload. $24

TGI Deal! Use code SUMMERGIFTS for 10% off

Available at Artifact Uprising

2. Kiko Leather Goods (TGI Deal!!)

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Kiko Leather goods have a range of practical & sleek leather options. We are big fans of the passport holder, cord wrap and leather backpack. Lovin’ the dual texture of wool & leather on the Passport case. Handmade, 2 card slots on front. $35

TGI DEAL! Use Code: GIFTINSIDER20 for 20% off.

Available at kikoleather.com

3. Olio Smart Watch

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This smartwatch is the brainchild of former Apple and HP product designer Steven Jacobs. It syncs with your smartphones and bluetooth devices to give total command over your digital life. It’s powered by Olio Assist, which is basically a cloud-based personal assistant. We love that while it’s a smartwatch it’s still rugged, useable and easy to read. $445

Available at OlioDevices.com

4. Neon Wall Decor 

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Neon signs have been a huge trend in home decor lately. Gift the grad a “Hustle” wall sign or trending palm tree desk light or have this talented artist design any custom sign you’d like for Dad’s Man Cave. Hustle, $159.99, custom prices range

Available at neonmfg.com

5. Cologne + Travel Bag Sets

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When going the fragrance route for your Dad or Grad, we love the latest gift sets out for men that pair a fragrance with a practical tote or travel kit. Try the bright orange Vince Camuto set that comes with spray, shower gel and a travel kit for $75. Fill the bag with a few extra thoughtful goodies your Dad or Grad might love and you have a perfect under $100 gift for him!

Available at Perfumania

6. Michigan Made Inspirational Keys from Franklin Village Boutique

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For the grad who you want to inspire, try these key necklaces from the charming Franklin Village Boutique. Each vintage key is Michigan-made and embellished with an inspirational word or phrase, “Dream”, “Journey”, “Strength” etc. You’ll find a whole shop full of other equally affordable yet one-of-kind clothing, gifts and chic pieces right in downtown Franklin. ~$35

Available at Franklin Village Boutique, 32716 Franklin Rd.

7. Cinema Lightbox Display

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A huge trend in insta-worthy apartments and home offices lately are retro-inspired cinema lightboxes. This medium sized style from MyCinemaLightBox can be used on a desk, dorm, office or nightstand and your new grad can easily switch up their inspirational words or messages anytime they like. $49.99

Available from mycinemalightbox.com

8. Blackwood Leather Wallets (TGI DEAL!!) 

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Cool gift for any man, Dad OR Grad. Blackwood wallets are 100% European leather, known for their quality, cool minimalist designs and handsomely packaged, many choices of styles & materials. $55 – $85

TGI DEAL! 20% off Father’s Day coupon code BWFD2016

Available at blackwoodonlinestore.com

9. Keurig Bright + Compact Colorful Coffee Maker

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Keurig K15 coffee makers are small, come in a huge range of different fun colors and are perfect for a new apartment, dorm, man cave or office. Now the hard part is picking the color! (Insider Tip: for grads, try the color of their alma mater or new university) $99

Available at Keurig

10. Photos Etched in Crystal from 3D Laser Gifts (TGI DEAL!!)

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We’re all about photo gifts and this company is a unique spin on the typical frame + photo. You send in a photo and 3D Laser Gifts will mold your photo into a 3 dimensional design and then laser etch into a piece of crystal and comes with a LED light base that accentuates engraving. Prices range, flat is $110

TGI DEAL! Use Code:GIFTINSIDER30 for 30% off

Available at 3Dlasergifts.com

11. Montez Renault Grooming Line 
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Men’s grooming line with a healthy-living ideology and perfectly gift-able Body and Skin Kit options. Montez Renault was founded by former football teammates & men’s grooming entrepreneurs Christopher Renault Butler & Karlos Montez Dansby. The Body Kit and Skin Kit includes all parabon-free and sulfate-free essentials he needs to stay fresh! Body Kit, $59
Line available at nordstrom.com

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Watch us chat live about these gifts on Fox Chicago and ABC Detroit below. Browse our Fathers Day or Graduation sections for more inspo.

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